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Community theatre enriches the lives of those who take an active part in it, as well as those in the community who benefit from live theatre productions.  

Our actors must be able to:

  • Have the confidence to perform on stage.
  • Put personal skills like imagination, emotional honesty, and empathy at the service of a creative process
  • Utilize vocal training for greater power, expressiveness, and clarity
  • Be available for rehearsals and be punctual to those rehearsals
  • Have fun and enjoy being a part of STG

Summit Theatre Group Announces Open Call Auditions

HANDS ON A HARDBODY
by Doug Wright, Amanda Green, Trey Anastasio

Directed by Adam Arterbridge
Music Direction by Ginger Birch

PERFORMANCE DATES
June 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm
June 21 at 2:30 pm

AUDITION DATE
Saturday, February 15
11:00 am-4:00 pm

Please sign up for an audition time slot here:
https://forms.gle/86gcG8abKeLA3woN6

Walkins are welcome as well.

AUDITION LOCATION
MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center

500 SW Longview Rd Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

CALLBACKS (by invitation only)
Saturday, February 22, 12:00 Noon

Callback materials will consist of selections from the show and will be posted by February 1. Check our website for those updates.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS
Auditions will consist of singing and possible readings.

Prepare up to 32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show or a country/western song that tells a story. If you choose a country/western song, please avoid contemporary country or country/pop style. It is preferred to choose a song before the mid-1990’s. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music – no audio recordings or acapella auditions.

Bring a headshot (if available) and resume of recent work attached If you do not have a headshot or resume, please do not let that stop you from auditioning! A photo will be taken at auditions.

Please download and complete and audition form here. Bring with you to auditions. 

REHEARSALS
Rehearsals will begin late April to early May and will run Monday through Thursday evenings, with possible Saturdays.

Bring a list of all rehearsal conflicts. Conflicts will not be accepted after May 29.

ABOUT THE SHOW
For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Inspired by the true events of the acclaimed 1997 documentary of the same name by S.R. Bindler, produced by Kevin Morris and Bindler.

ROLES AVAILABLE (9 male, 6 female – diverse backgrounds and ages) The directors are looking for actors who can sing. This musical is about the characters and their relationships.

JD DREW: Male, 60 (Baritone)
A “good old boy” with pomaded gray hair and a highwattage grin.

KELLI MANGRUM: Female, 22 (Mezzo-Soprano)
A pretty brunette with steel ambition.

BENNY PERKINS: Male, Mid 40’s (Tenor)
Lanky frame, weatherbeaten face, ingratiating grin and lots of homespun philosophy.

GREG WILHOTE: Male, Early 20’s (Tenor)
A freckled white kid in a baseball cap.

JESUS PENA: Male, 20’s (Range: Tenor, E3-B4)
A driven Mexican kid.

CHRIS ALVARO: Male, 20’s (Tenor)
Well-built under his hoodie, a pair of aviator glasses conceal his eyes.

RONALD MCCOWAN: Male, 35 (Tenor)
A good-natured African-American with a slight Louisiana accent.

HEATHER STOVALL: Female, 29 (Mezzo-Soprano)
A flirtatious blonde restaurant hostess.

VIRGINIA DREW: Female, Mid 50’s (Mezzo-Soprano)
A one-time beauty settling into middle-age.

MIKE FERRIS: Male, Late 30’s (Tenor)
Boyishly handsome, wears a cheap tie with a Nascar clip.

CINDY BARNES: Female, 34-50 (Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Former Miss Gregg County, still fond of pageant hair and pastels.

NORMA VALVERDE: Female, 35-45 (Low Mezzo)
A stout Latina woman in tennis shoes and a floral applique t-shirt.

JANIS CURTIS: Female, Mid 60’s (Low Mezzo)
A tough old bird with sun-burnished skin and missing teeth.

DON CURTIS: Male, Mid 60’s (Baritone)
Wears a cardboard sign on his head that proclaims “I LOVE YOU
JANIS, GO BABY GO!”

FRANK NUGENT: Male, Mid 50’s (Bari-Tenor)
Disc Jockey, a diehard good ole boy dressed in a Stetson.

DOCTOR STOKES: Male, Age Flexible (Ensemble/Part Flexible) A professor from LeTourneau University.

Questions? Contact Ginger Birch ginger@summitthetare.org